Episode 10: London's Folklore

Ever wondered whether the stories we hear ring with an element of truth?

Explore with Hazel from London Guided Walks and Vanessa Woolf from London Dreamtime the curious world of London's folklore and how the opaque curtain between fact and fiction moves organically.

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Show notes:

Hazel Baker: Hello and welcome to London Guided Walks Podcast.

In the coming episodes, we'll be sharing our love and passion for London, its people, places, and history in an espresso shot with a splash of personality. For those of you who don't know me. I am Hazel Baker, founder of londonguidedwalks.co.uk. Providing guided walks, private tours, and treasure hunts to Londoners and visitors alike. And now bringing you a jam packed podcast during the time of the Coronavirus.

Joining me today in the studio is Vanessa Wolf from London Dreamtime. She's a professional storyteller who was inspired by the history and folklore of London. Hello.

What we discuss:

  • Why is storytelling so important to you?
  • Stories about London
  • The Hackney Marshes Bear
  • The Highgate Vampire
  • The Brompton Cemetery Time Machine
  • First ever registered vampire attack in London
  • Power of imagination
  • Storytelling for history
  • Position of women in ancient Greek society

Hazel Baker: You do some with the Victorian magic lantern don’t you?

Vanessa Woolf: Yes. So I'm doing that for our latest online event. The Victorian magic lantern has been in George's family ever since it was made. And we've got a huge selection of glass slides, and I've been using it kind of sporadically for work.

So I did some at Kensington palace for their Christmas. They had a Christmas sort of advent calendar, and I bought the magic lantern in for them then because apparently, I think it was Queen Victoria when she was a little girl, she used to love the magic lantern, so they wanted stories with the magic lantern, which was really fun and you know, kind of other smaller museums that Florence Nightingale Museum things like that.

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